of Nagaland, situated at an altitude of 195 meters above sea level.
Spots of particular attractions in and around Dimapur are:
Tourist Village Complex at Chumukedina Old Village, set up by the
Dept. of Tourism. Short rides up the hill, and an absorbing view
of Dimapur and its immediate surroundings can be seen, way down
below. Up here, the summer air is relatively cooler.
located in Seithekima village area is another resort being developed
by the Dept. of Tourism. This three-tier waterfall, cascading from
a height of 280 feet into an inviting natural pool, is a trekker’s
haunt.North East Zone Cultural Center preserves the varied cultural
heritage of the region. Cultural festivals are also held here from
time to time.
Ruins of Medieval Kachari Kingdom, established before the 13th
century AD. The monoliths represent the elaborate rituals of the
cult of fertility. A touch of Hindu influence on most of them can
be seen. Besides, this ancient Kachari capital contains other ruins
of temples, and tanks. There still exist scattered blocks of stone
and brick pieces with various designs.
Intanki Wildlife Sanctuary, at just 37 km. away from Dimapur, is
a habitat of various animals including some rare species of birds.
This picturesque town is the cultural center of the Ao Nagas. The
foot imprints of China and Itiben – the Romeo and Juliet of
the Aos – are found preserved in several places in the Ao-
White- water rivers of Milak and Tula are of scenic interest and
have a lot of potential for monsoon angling.
Longkhum, a vanguard village in
the ‘days of head hunting’, commands a natural view.
Mongzu ki eagle’s eyrie is situated at a high precipice where
eagles have nested for centuries. The Ao mythology talks of the
eagles, which are believed to be the manifestations of the spirits
of the dead. From Mata Yimkong, the top of the hillocks where once
stood a fortress, the Himalayas look fascinating.
Ungma, the oldest and biggest Ao
village, is of great interest to people who have a desire to peep
into Ao folklore, customs and traditions.
Langpangkong: History speaks of
an Ahom king who fled his capital due to court intrigues and rivalries
and had taken refuge here. The cave which provided shelter still
Molung, having the American Baptist Mission being established in
1872. The earliest mission building is still preserved in the village
premises. An ancient leechi tree, supposedly planted by Dr. Clark,
the American Missionary, still exists.
The two-hour drive from Dimapur to Kohima on NH 39 can be an amazing
experience. One could sample the mouth- watering pineapples or treat
oneself to a hot hearty meal of local cuisine from one of the typical
Naga wayside amenities that line the road at regular intervals.
The panoramic view of Kohima unfolds 16 km. from a traveler’s
destination, nestled among the pristine hills. Spots in and around
War Cemetery, a symbolic memorial
raised as a citation for the supreme human sacrifices
made by the officers and men of the allied forces, to halt the tide
of the Japanese onslaught during the Second World War. This was
their lost post. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission meticulously
maintains this Cemetery.
State Museum, depicting artifacts;
log drums, tools and implements, ancestral weaponry, Naga currencies
of old attire of warriors, dress of women, hearth of a Naga kitchen.
In diorama it is the entire Naga lifestyle with traditional flavour.
Dzokou Valley tucked away at an
altitude of 2438.4 meters above sea level. is at a 30-km. distance
from the city. From June to September the entire valley is a carpet
of wild flowers. The lilies - white and yellow, the aconitums the
enphobias etc., the crystal clear water of the stream leisurely
meandering through the valley,..…all in all, offer an unforgettable
experience. The numerous low cluster of hillocks surroundings the
vale, contains some cosy natural caves and rock over-hangs, ideal
for camping. A natural luxury…to add with through in a few
mugs of local rice- beer for good measure!
Japfu Peak, at 3048 meters above
sea level, is situated for an exhilarating scaling and trekking.
Watch the sun- paint fascinating pictures over the entire sky, as
it travels slowly beyond the horizon. Marvel at the ocean of mist
at the crack of dawn. October- March is the right time to try this
Kohima Village, one of the largest
villages in Asia, is an admixture of the past and present. A traditional
gate greets the visitor on entry, with a scimitar of hornbills and
buffalo horns and so on. Stones of varying sizes and shapes implanted
within the compound or skulls of buffaloes and mithuns adorning
the portico, reminds the glorious status of the great ancestors
who had performed grand feasts of merit.
Zoological Park offers a glimpse of the fauna of Nagaland. The
rare Blythe’s Tragopan, believed to be on the verge of extinction,
is being reared here in captivity.
Khonoma, a village not only located
in the history of valour and courage, but also known for its ecological
prosperity. The terraced fields carved out from the hilltop to the
lower valley, which produce 20 types of paddy at different elevations
present an interesting view. A visitor could also sit at leisure
with the elders of the village and absorb some fascinating folklore.
Dzulekie, a spot of enchantment,
presents a majestic view. The river flows through a deep and extremely
narrow gorge making it look as if the river has gone underground
at places. The Tourism Department maintains a tourist resort with
a few cottage annexes.
Attractive villages on hilltops.
Monoliths erected by the rich ancestors of the villagers to exhibit
Dance and Festivals.
Trekking, rock climbing. Legend says, it is the abode of the departed
souls. Colourful Rhododendrons are found on the cliffs and steep
slopes. Offers a panoramic view of the valley down below.
deep cliffs having a gorge in between divide the two adjacent faces
of the rocky mountain .Legendary belief has it that the fight between
the two different sides of the mountain, one lost its right ear
and the other lost its head.Truly both of them have telltale signs
of it. The mountain is also said to be guarded by a giant snake
and a crab. There are small lakes and other water bodies at the
foothill, including one related to a legendary man and the lady
spirit of the lake.
Liphanyan Governors Camp:
From here to watch the river Doyang flowing swiftly gushing through
hills and vales in a zigzag way is a splendid scene. Ideal for rafting,
angling, picnics and river camping. A Rest House is also there.
Spread out on the clusters of hillocks. Home of the Martial tribe.
Ceremonial war- dresses are worth- seeing. Colourful dances, songs
Satoi range, the virgin forest
with pristine beauty, is the natural habitat of rare birds. Rare
rhododendrons also adorn the hills. Ideal for camping and trekking.
Ghosu Bird Sanctuary is solely
maintained by the village community. Habitat of more than twenty
species of endangered birds. Tourist can have a wonderful view of
various migratory birds.
Shangnyu Village, with a wonderful
wooden monument measuring 8 feet in height and 12 feet in breadth.
Heavenly angels are believed to be constructed this place. Carvings
of human beings and other creatures are engaged on this monument.
Memorial stones are also found in front of the Angh (Chief)’s
Longwa village: Interestingly,
as the village straddles on the International boundary line, one
half of the Angh’s house falls within the Indian territory,
whereas the other half lies in Myanmar. However, the Angh and the
Village Council Chairman control the whole village. The cross- border
jurisdiction and the number of wives of the Angh are amazing.
Veda Peak: A clear view of both
river Brahmaputra and Chindwin can be seen from here on a clear
day. There is a waterfall on the precincts of this peak.
Naganimora, the only coal- field
in Nagaland founded by the East India co. in 1907 is nearby. Every
Saturday there is an interesting market with a medley crowd of Assamese
and Konyak Nagas. A place of legend, speaking of a Naga queen.
Some of the most colourful species of orchids are found here. Habitat
of the world- famous Blythe’s Tragopan, a pheasant of Nagaland.
Chakesang culture and customs are quite different from the other
Naga tribes. The stones and pillars near Chesezumi village on the
Chazouba Road bear testimony to the existence of head- hunting among
villagers in the ancient days.
Pfutsero: The coldest town in Nagaland.
Apples are grown here, at an altitude of 2,133.6 meters above sea-
Khezakenoma Village: Believed to
be the originating place of many of the southern Naga tribes from
where further migrations into the wild had begun. Legends speak
of a slab of stone in this village, which was supposed to multiply
paddy when spread over it for drying. This stone is still preserved.
Shilloi Lake, also known as the
Lachem Lake, lies on the lower slopes of the hill ranges running
along the Myanmar borders. Spread over 0.25 to 0.30 sq. km., the
lake has the shape of a footprint. The lake is believed to be the
abode of spirits. The water is dark gray, perhaps because of the
large amount of silt, adding to the mystery.
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